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    Aye, and the temps will even out as the...

    Aye, and the temps will even out as the refractory heats up over time. TBH I wouldn't fuss about it too much, really it's just the slow-ramp up to max that you're after, the precise values don't...
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    No worries, I was just curious. An example could...

    No worries, I was just curious. An example could be someone out in the sticks w/ lots of "free" wrought Al (old ladders, lawn-chairs, etc.). Being one of the most prevalent elements in the earth,...
  3. Sorry guys, no new updates and not much progress....

    Sorry guys, no new updates and not much progress. I had a cert. class and exam last week that kicked my arse, and then caught a oh-so-lovely cold (sore-throat and fever) just in time for the weekend...
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    Why you say no silicon (implying you can't make...

    Why you say no silicon (implying you can't make A356)? If Junkium and Ladderite are almost pure, is there too much involved in just tossing the required elements components into the melt? ...
  5. ...here ya go, enjoy! ...

    ...here ya go, enjoy!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiIfmz6a_5Y&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
  6. ...and a second time (gotta have music, sorry)...

    ...and a second time (gotta have music, sorry)...
  7. Took about a 3 hour break from dirty-hands, to...

    Took about a 3 hour break from dirty-hands, to cut* the video for y'all. I shot most of it before I broke the limit switch. Rendering now...

    *I'm using blender's NLE, as all my other vids. It's...
  8. Quick update, I've figgured a way to mount the...

    Quick update, I've figgured a way to mount the new limit switches (old-survivor in the center):
    https://spideroak.com/share/OI2HUMDSG5XTG/foundry/home/chris/Pictures/furnace_cart/pics/2017-06-17...
  9. I'm pretty sure that the problem was caused by...

    I'm pretty sure that the problem was caused by heat distortion. I originally welded up the frame and platform using my O/A rig and plenty of ignorance. Though I welded only in spots around the...
  10. So I ended up ordering an ACME coupling nut (for...

    So I ended up ordering an ACME coupling nut (for joining two rods together). It's 7/8-in wide instead of 1-1/16-in of the nuts, that will make it easier to build the telescoping thread-protector...
  11. Aye, that build is over here:...

    Aye, that build is over here: http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?11372-Smaller-Gingery-esq-foundry-for-beginner



    Ya, thought of that...too late :D Have to order a replacement and pay...
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    Ya, the light/thin coat did seem to work the...

    Ya, the light/thin coat did seem to work the best. No idea about the rustbullet difference, seems like same-stuff-different-name. The price is certainly similar.
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    I dunno about breaker-blowing, but that seems odd...

    I dunno about breaker-blowing, but that seems odd to me, maybe yours is just rated tooooo high? You can stick-weld with a pair of car batteries. Heck there are plenty of plans online for making a...
  14. Ya, I did consider fiddling with springs or...

    Ya, I did consider fiddling with springs or something to get the plunger to be softer. In the end though, it would have been really easy for one of these threaded-rods to get moved/bent/tweaked over...
  15. They're both wired correctly, plunger-type NC...

    They're both wired correctly, plunger-type NC switches. They chop both power to the brush and to the field windings directly. It wasn't an electrical problem at all, the rod I had mounted to the...
  16. CrAsH! In addition to the 20-lb weights, I...

    CrAsH!

    In addition to the 20-lb weights, I thought it might be fun to load on my metal tool-box full of tools, the remains of a 230cf gas cylinder, and myself! Before you start getting worried,...
  17. Clickspring on the blue Lol...and there's a...

    Clickspring on the blue

    Lol...and there's a 13.5-tooth bass gear inside to make it chooch :D

    No joke, I POURED the dykem on. Didn't like the first-go w/ controls down the center, so I POURED...
  18. ITZ VERKING ITZ VERKING! ITZ VERKING!!! ...

    ITZ VERKING ITZ VERKING! ITZ VERKING!!!


    (got vid., doing quick edit, posting in a weekend or so)
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    It's going to crack no matter what you do....

    It's going to crack no matter what you do. Everything expands/contracts with heat, no way around it. My refractory listed the rate at 0.1% IIRC, but it's still non-zero. Also, it's been suggested...
  20. Turns out I did end up needing to pull one wire,...

    Turns out I did end up needing to pull one wire, which is good because no more will fit :D I could have given up on having 12v in the control-box for the LEDs, but don't like the idea of running...
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    Some serviceable indicators and a stand in Mr....

    Some serviceable indicators and a stand in Mr. Pete's sell-off this week.
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    Mr. Pete's Hoard

    For those who don't follow him, he's (doing a good thing) sharing some of his hoard with the rest of us simple mortals (in exchange for American-Peso's). He tends to trickle out his ebay postings on...
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    There's lots of deals on eBay for used ones...

    There's lots of deals on eBay for used ones (stands and dials). All the youtubers I watch seem to have four or five of each, so I wouldn't get too hung up on the first one, you'll probably get more...
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    Not likely necessary (unless you're itching to...

    Not likely necessary (unless you're itching to buy a tool). By my read, you're doin' it right: slow and steady. Do the same thing with the real curing-fire and you'll have no probs. I started mine...
  25. *gasp* I hope not by me...honestly, I totally...

    *gasp* I hope not by me...honestly, I totally missed your subtle-mocking totally (literally went right over my head, didn't even notice it fly by). I blame my day-job :D Srsly, no hard-feelings at...
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